Resourcing Supervised Ministry



The Ministry of Circuit EldersDistrict_Map

Circuit Elders serve as an extension of the District Office, which is an extension of the Episcopal Office, to encourage vitality in congregations, so that congregations make disciples of Jesus Christ, who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world.

Link to Circuit Elder Resources


Tool Kit for Staff-Parish Relations Committees

The S/PPRC has both leadership and management functions in the congregation. Leadership is the role of “keeping an eye on the big picture.” Even in the midst of meetings or crises, the S/PPRC members must never forget they are part of the body of Christ, and they must always be aware of the mission of God’s Church. Management is the role of tending to daily activities so that details are taken care of and strategies are implemented. In other organizations, management functions may be taken care of by a personnel office or Human Resources department. There are some legal and risk management issues for which the S/PPRC has responsibility. The S/PPRC operates under God’s leadership to bring together staff and congregational interests, which includes dealing with both the celebrations and disappointments inherent in any human family and church. (UMC Guidelines, Cokesbury)

Link to SPRC Tool Kit

Link to Pastoral Transition Webpage

"Creating vital congregations that make disciples of Jesus Christ,who make disciples equipped to transform lives, communities and the world."

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